For nearly two decades, Garrett Lewis has served our area as the Chief Meteorologist at 5NEWS and has led our community through the extremes of all seasons.

“The weather in Arkansas is unbelievably varied. We have 2″ ice storms that cause month long power outages, tornadoes with winds nearing 200mph, floods that devastate entire towns, heat waves with temperatures as hot as 115º, cold outbreaks as low as -15º, snowstorms with two feet of snow… the extremes we experience are astounding.”

He holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather. In addition, he has been awarded both the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval.

A native of Alma, Arkansas, Garrett now lives in Rogers with his wife Ashley and two children.


Recent Articles
  • UPDATE: Tracking Severe Thunderstorms

    Severe thunderstorms will move across the area from 11pm to 3am. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 3am for most of our region. Some of the strongest storms will have the potential for wind damage as well as rotation. A few tornadoes will be possible along the leading line of the thunderstorms. Storms are expected to be east of our area by 5am. -Garrett

  • Tracking Overnight Severe Thunderstorms

    The forecast remains on track for strong to severe thunderstorms late-Sunday into the early morning hours on Monday. The cold front will force a line of strong to severe thunderstorms with a high wind damage risk along the leading edge of the line. Strong wind shear in the atmosphere will also cause a few storms to rotate and the tornado risk is somewhat higher than it normal it… more on track with early Spring-like type weather. Storms will exit towards […]

  • Severe Storms Likely Tonight

    This image shows future radar for 1am. Expect showers and thunderstorms to break out along a cold front late on Sunday night into the early morning hours on Monday. Damaging winds will be the highest threat but a few storms will likely pose a tornado risk. Shear (winds turning with speed and direction with height) is high so it’s likely a few storms will be able to tap into the shear and be capable for a brief tornado or two. […]

  • Fog Tonight; Storms Sunday Night

    Dense fog will continue to develop during the night into Sunday morning. Visibility will be low to start the day on Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, we’ll see mostly sunny skies with temperatures warming into the upper 70s to near 80. The daytime hours on Sunday will be rainfree. The severe weather risk starts to increase after sunset and will be highest in the overnight night hours around midnight. Damaging winds will be the primary threat but there is a potential […]

  • Planning Around This Weekend’s Weather

    Saturday: Best rain chances from 6am to Noon Saturday as a weak front arrives Rain totals light Highest chances in NW Arkansas Clear by afternoon Clouds continue in spots with afternoon highs from 66-72º (This image is Saturday at 9am) Sunday: Dense fog is possible early in the day with a warm front lifting north Mostly sunny, warm and windy by afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Severe storms possible late (after sunset and more than likely […]

  • Cold Front Arriving Now

    Current radar shows a broken line of showers and thunderstorms moving across the area. The severe weather risk will be low for the remainder of the evening and ending before 10pm. Here’s a look at current temperatures (updated hourly). -Garrett

  • Severe Weather Update; Tracking The Cold Front

    Showers will continue to develop along the front on Tuesday evening with a low risk of damaging winds and hail. Most thunderstorms will have exited our area by 9pm with colder temperatures for tonight and tomorrow. Morning lows on Wednesday will range from the upper 30s in NW Arkansas to the low 40s in the River Valley. -Garrett

  • Expect Cold Front, Storms Tuesday

    Early on Tuesday, south winds will continue to return more humid air to our region while warming temperatures. A cold front will near Arkansas around Noon with scattered showers and thunderstorms breaking out along the front. It appears the highest risk of severe weather will be from I40 and south in the afternoon with any storms ending shortly after sunset as the front continues to move east. Nice and cool weather is expected for midweek with another, stronger front moving […]

  • Getting Warmer The Next Few Days, Sunday Near 70

    It was a cool start for Sunday but as southerly winds increase, temperatures should quickly jump up into the 50s and 60s, topping out near 70 degrees in the afternoon. We’ll be dry today, dry Monday, but wet by Tuesday as our next system arrives. We also woke up to a full moon this morning setting in the western sky. VIDEO FORECAST SOUTHERLY WINDS RETURN Sunday’s Highs LOOKING AHEAD – RAIN BY TUESDAY -Matt    

  • Freeze Warning In Effect Tonight, Saturday Morning

    A Freeze Warning has been issued for most of our area with temperatures expected to at-or below-freezing late on Friday into Saturday morning. In NW Arkansas temperatures will likely fall to near 28º on average with valley locations a few degrees colder. In the Fort Smith, River Valley area, temperatures will fall to near 32º with locations outside of city locations falling below that. It’s time to take the plants inside and get ready to winterize everything else like irrigation […]

  • Overnight Weather: Thunderstorms, Flash Flood Risk

    This is a look at the current radar. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible into early Friday. Flash flooding remains possible across SE Oklahoma where several inches of rain has already fallen. While storms will produce frequent lightning, the risk of severe weather has diminished as the atmosphere has become more stable. -Garrett

  • Update: Severe Weather; Tracking The Cold Front

    Here’s a Thursday afternoon update as the cold front makes it’s way across Oklahoma. This is a look at current Severe Warnings along with the satellite and radar. The cold front will continue to move across the area. Severe thunderstorms will be possible along with heavy rainfall. The severe threat should end later this evening around 8 or 9pm; however, rainfall will continue into the overnight with blustery cold winds. -Garrett

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